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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 23, 2009 7:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Fascinating Show

One of the first shows of 1978, with a fine matrix mix here:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-01-11.mtx.sirmick.92086.sbeok.flac16

You can really hear the transition from the silky smoothness and "just exactly perfectness" of 1977 to the rougher-edged and slightly more hard-driving rock and roll sound they took on for most of '78. It's sloppier stuff to be sure, but they also take a lot of chances that pay off, especialy in this show, which seems to be somewhat under the radar (only 9 reviews for the other non-matrix version).

Highlights here are a seriously gritty LET IT GROW to end the 1st set...Jerry grinds out some nasty solos and the band drives hard behind him...you wonder how they even manage to float into the 2 "gentle" sections before "what shall we say/shall we call it by a name", but they do pull it off.

2nd set is really where it's at with this show. Outstanding run of TERRAPIN>PITB>DRUMS>SPACE>ST STEPHEN (an almost perfect rendition w/only one clunky transition getting back into the "St. Stephen will remain" refrain; but overall excellent version--hard driving and believe it or not really well-belted out, even I daresay by Donna)>NFA>PITB REPRISE.

Also a very cool and different encore selection of PASSENGER.

This show deserves more attention, even if only as a sort of indicator to what 1978 would be for the band: a mixed bag of very aggressive, take-no-prisoners shows that sometimes missed the mark for ragged execution, but more often than not yielded high-energy results and some very memorable moments of greatness.

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 24, 2009 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

Grate recommendation, and a nice apology for my favorite year: 1978.

If anyone here is into hard & gritty Let it Grows, let me turn you on to another sleeper show: 10-30-1984.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-10-30.senn.vernon.17415.sbeok.shnf

An excellent Aud with just the right amount of crowd noise. At the risk of being like JBoyard, I will say this: LIG grinds, quivers, and soars, sometimes all three at once. A powerful performance.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 24, 2009 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

Hey Z...

EXCELLENT rec. on this show....I came for the LIG but I stayed for the SCARLET>FIRE!

Love finding '84 gems w/in the general wreckage of that year. Seems October was a better month than most. (I'm sure you're well aware of the genius show that was 10/12/84.)

If not, run, don't walk.

Thanks again!

GC

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jan 24, 2009 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

Thanks for the rec grendel. You hit the nail on the head in your analysis of 1978. I generally don't like the year, but love 1/22, and this one sounds like it might have some of that "edge".

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Jan 24, 2009 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

Thanks Grendel. I am Paying attention.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jan 24, 2009 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

I will check it out...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 24, 2009 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

ashes: thank YOU for that recommendation...a show I'm not well aware of in '79....psyched to check out that set!

GC

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jan 24, 2009 5:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

grendelschoice: Great recommendation. I went straight to "Let It Grow" and you described it "just absolutely perfectly." ....onward to "Terrapin."

Hey, a year later, almost on the exact date, 1979-01-15 [Springfield, MA], they play a killer 2nd set that you may appreciate as well (except, maybe, "From the Heart of Me.] Here's just one of the version available on the archive:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-01-15.nak300-rolfe.keshevan-wise.4669.shnf

Thanks again; time to get back to "Terrapin,"
--- AshesRising

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Poster: Bassy Twang Date: Jan 24, 2009 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

1/22/71 was a great show, Chinese New Years and the Year of the Pig.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 24, 2009 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

Thanks Ashes - another AUD for the collection!!

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 24, 2009 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fascinating Show

That show rocks as well, I can attest.